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Performer union to investigate claims against Placido Domingo

By | Published on Tuesday 10 September 2019

Placido Domingo

The American Guild Of Musical Artists has announced that it is launching an investigation into the accusations of sexual harassment that have been made against opera singer Placido Domingo. The union says that it is doing so because it is not confident that opera companies themselves will sufficiently scrutinise the claims against him.

Eighteen women have now made claims of harassment against Domingo via two recent Associated Press articles. The accusations span three decades. The LA Opera, where Domingo is General Director, and record industry trade group IFPI, where he is Honorary Chair, have already launched investigations, although it is not clear what stage these are at.

According to USA Today, the AGMA recently emailed its members saying that it had asked all opera companies that have employed Domingo to investigate the allegations. However, it said that those companies “have been unwilling or unable to provide AGMA with sufficient assurances about the scope and timing of their investigations, as well as whether or not the findings will be publicly disclosed or otherwise made available to the union”.

Domingo has denied the accusations against him, saying that he understood all and any interactions he has had with women to be “welcomed and consensual”. Following the AP’s second article, a spokesperson accused the newswire of conducting an “ongoing campaign … to denigrate Placido Domingo”.